The Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) is now open.
Updated and new information about the SBBP will be on this webpage and sent subscribers to the Marine Fisheries e-mail list and media outlets when issued. Permits have been issued to replace permits purchased prior to May 1, 2015. Anyone who purchased a permit prior to May 1, 2015 and has not received a replacement permit by September 14, 2015 should call 609-748-2020 and leave a message with their name and a phone number where you can be reached during business hours.
New applications for individuals and party/charter boats are currently being processed in order of receipt. The number of permits issued will be limited at the Division's discretion based on harvest reports and other factors to ensure the 2015 quota is not exceeded.
Effective September 1, 2015, the new SBBP regulations are as follows:
New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations in all state waters are as follows:
Party/Charter Boat Facet of the SBBP Reinstated For 2015
PCBTs will be required to submit daily logbooks of their striped bass catch and will also be required to provide weekly reports of striped bass bonus harvest in order to ensure the quota is not exceeded. To apply, download the application and submit to the Division with a copy of a Captain's license. Applications will be processed by order of receipt.
Note: New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations have been modified in all state waters to the following:
With a bonus permit, anglers can keep one fish 24 inches to less than 28 inches from September 1 to December 31. Please note the order of fish harvested does not matter (Bonus fish can be the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd fish). Visit the Marine section of the Regulations page to check current Federal and State possession and season regulations for striped bass fishing in your area.
Participants in the Bonus Program can receive immediate notification of regulation updates, emergency closures, special notices, etc., by subscribing to the free NJ Marine Fishing E-mail List. For details, visit the E-mail List Subscription page.
Applications for the SBBP may be submitted now and permits will be issued in the order of receipt:
Return completed form with a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope to the Division. All applicants must complete the Child Support Certification each year. See www.njfishandwildlife.com/child_support_info.htm for details.
The SBBP Permit must be securely attached to fish through the mouth and gill immediately upon capture and prior to transportation. Harvest reporting is mandatory and must be reported online or by leaving a message at 609-748-2074. Required reporting information includes name, permit #, phone number, date of harvest, fish length.
Detailed information on procedures for reporting will be provided with each Bonus Permit issued.
Complete the daily log and mail or submit online by January 15, 2016.
Detailed information on procedures for completing and submitting fishing logs will be provided with each Bonus Permit issued.
If you require additional information concerning this program or any other striped bass issue, please call the Division's Nacote Creek office at 609-748-2020.